War of the Rebellion: Serial 058 Page 0393 Chapter XLIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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the assistance it is to render, and if you get information that renders it necessary, move northward without delay. Our advance must now be at New Albany. I shall move on toward that point 8 or 10 miles farther to-night. Send me any information you may have been able to procure.

Yours, truly,

WM. SOOY SMITH,

Brigadier General Chief of Cavalry, Mil. Div. of the Mississippi.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

On March, 7 Miles from Meridian, February 14, 1864-4 p.m.

Brigadier-General CHAMBERS,

Commanding Third Brigade, First Division:

GENERAL: Major-General Sherman reports Meridian undoubtedly evacuated. Lee's cavalry on our right flank, with a view most probably of pitching into our train. You will remain where you are, to render the train secure beyond all hazard, until further orders. Should there be any prospect of a fight in front you will be ordered up without fail. You will see that all proper dispositions of the troops left to guard the train are made, so that no surprise can be effected by the enemy. Rumors from citizens place Sooy Smith's cavalry 7 miles north of Meridian yesterday.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 14, 1864.

Brigadier General M. D. LEGGETT,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: You will move two brigades of your command to this place and one to Oktibbeha Creek, where Brigadier-General Crocker's division encamps to-night, as early as possible. The two brigades which come into town will report to me personally for further orders. The brigade that stops at the creek will remain there guarding the bridge until further orders.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SEVENTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Meridian, Miss., February 14, 1864-9 p.m.

Brigadier General M. M. CROCKER,

Commanding Fourth Division:

GENERAL: You will move your command into this place, starting at 6 o'clock to-morrow morning, and report to me here for further orders.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. B. McPHERSON,

Major-General.